There are three parts to Istanbul, all three are separated by three bodies of water. We were on the Europe side of Istanbul heading for the Taksim side across the Golden Horn. Then there is the Asia side which we didn't have time for this trip. This is Eminonu, the harbor where all the cruises for the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus straits originate. It is a busy water front and waterway. All kinds of ships ply these waters and it is so fascinating. From where we were we could see Taksim Tower.